Horror Movie List: Bad Things Happen at the Beach

Frying in the sun with a thousand people, getting hit with a volley ball by nearby attractive young people and spending the following week finding sand everywhere – beaches are the worst. Now imagine how bad they are whenever monsters, supernatural events or whatnot are involved – yikes.

However, watching the horror unfold in movies is a lot more fun than immediately getting sunburnt, so enjoy this playlist.

Jaws (1975)

This little-known indie gem is about a lovely beach town plagued by a killer shark. However, since tourist season is coming up, it’s up to a rag tag crew (played by a bunch of actors who hated each other’s guts) to fight not only the shark but also capitalism.

Family lore tells the story of my grandpa watching this one with the family and casually excusing himself because he thought the movie was ‘dumb’ just before it got really ugly. Rumor has it, that he didn’t actually think that the movie was dumb but was indeed trying to hide the fact that he was scared of that fin-tastic big boi.

The Beach House (2019)

Emily and Randall spend a few days at a Beach House. When they find out that they have to share the house with some family friends, things first turn sweet, then sour.

As much as I love slow starts, this movie really starts slo……wly, which might be because even though Liana Liberato (Emily) is a capable actress, her relationship with Noah Le Gros’ character ‘Randall’ feels incredibly stale and unfinished somehow. However, when this movie gets going, it gets going with some nice concepts and a nearly Junji Ito-esque universal dread that kinda meanders a little towards the end (also: in the beginning and in the middle – the movie has a massive pacing problem in my opinion). There are some amazing images in it though and the general concept is interesting enough to have half-drunken discussions about the meaning afterwards.

Plus: Jake Weber and Maryann Nagel (playing the other couple) are just the right amount of sweet and sour.

The Bay (2012)

This found footage horror is one of those hidden gems that are so often on lists of ‘little-known’ horror movies that it’s basically a cult classic by now (how old does a movie have to be to be considered a cult classic?).

The story resolves around a journalist trying to find out why the population of an entire island suddenly got sick and what actually happened to them. What follows is creepy crawly horror at its best, a very tight story-line and just enough shaky cameras to make the genre proud (but also enough stuff happening on and not off-screen to soothe any SFX-fan’s soul).

Long Weekend (1978 / 2008)

This classic Australian horror movie is available in two versions, one from the 70s and a more recent one from 2008. Hopefully without angering any diehard classic fans, I’d say you can watch either one of them. The story is about a couple spending their holidays on a lonely island but slowly, one thing after the other goes wrong and the couple starts to wonder whether someone or something is out there to get them.

I usually am more into the more haunted/supernatural/monster-kind of horror movies but I do like this one because even though its analogy is the kind of Banksy-subtle (aka not very subtle), the way it deals with toxic masculinity is quite interesting, especially since it does so in both versions.

Uninhabited (2010)

This is a (another Australian) weird movie that I did enjoy watching but wouldn’t necessarily call a great movie. Yet another couple takes their vacation on a lonely island (I myself prefer taking a vacation with The Lonely Island) but soon discover that the island is haunted and bears a horrible history. I think what makes this film is good pacing, decent make-up and special effects and pretty good acting. It is a very good one-time watch and even holds up the second time around.

5 thoughts on “Horror Movie List: Bad Things Happen at the Beach

      1. Yeah, but only so you can later tell me that you didn’t care for them, I know how this goes …

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